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2015 Award of Merit Recipients

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This award has been bestowed on these five outstanding SME members who, in the judgment of the International Awards & Recognition Committee, has made valued, balanced contributions to SME's professional activities and growth.

Lou DorworthLouis C. “Lou” Dorworth
Direct Services Manager
Abaris Training Resources Inc.
Reno, Nevada

Louis C. “Lou” Dorworth has been involved with the advanced composites industry since 1978. He is a recent past chair of SME’s Plastics, Composites & Coatings Community. Dorworth is a composite materials and process specialist, with working experience in research and development, material and process engineering, manufacturing engineering, tool engineering/design and tool fabrication. He started his aerospace composites manufacturing career at Lear Fan Ltd. in 1979, and has been involved with many major aircraft, aerospace, wind, marine, automotive and other industry programs since then. Dorworth is currently employed as the direct services manager for Abaris Training Resources Inc., where he has been working since 1989. Dorworth is a well-published author, teacher and conference presenter, and is the primary co-author of the industry textbook “Essentials of Advanced Composite Fabrication & Repair,” published by Aviation Supplies & Academics Inc. Member Since 1997

Ed HalloranEdward G. "Ed" Halloran, LSME, CMfgE, PE
HALCO Management Systems
Langley, Washington

Edward G. "Ed" Halloran is president/owner of HALCO Management Systems. He retired from Northrop Grumman Corp. with more than 45 years of professional manufacturing leadership experience. Previous positions included senior aerospace manufacturing engineer, production/plant manager and program manager. Halloran also held additional senior management positions in both the recreational sailboat building and automotive aftermarket products manufacturing industries. He is currently serving as a commissioner for the Port of South Whidbey. Since joining SME, Halloran has been involved in a wide variety of activities. As a member of SME's Seattle Chapter 39, he has participated in many of chapter activities, including serving as chapter chair in 2006. Halloran also served two years on the SME Member Council, participating on both the Student Relations Committee and as chair of the Leadership Development Committee. He was elected and served on the SME Board of Directors from 2012-13. During his term, Halloran was involved in the reorganization and rebranding of SME. Member Since 1975

You-Min HuangYou-Min Huang, PhD 
Distinguished Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Taipei, Taiwan

You-Min Huang is a distinguished professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. His areas of teaching and research include: manufacturing methods, microforming technology, and plasticity theory and applications. He has authored numerous research articles that are published in the journals. Besides research, Huang is actively involved in the industrial applications and problem solving, and thus greatly enhancing the academia-industry cooperation. He has served as chapter chair of SME’s Taipei Chapter 242 for two years. During his tenure with Chapter 242, he has organized several large-scale events to promote the connections among researchers and engineers both domestically and internationally. Member Since 2002

Don PatzDon Patz
Patz Technical Services Inc.
Seminole, Florida

Don Patz is a retiree of Lockheed Martin where he served in numerous engineering/design-related positions supporting the U.S. Department of Energy defense-related programs. He currently operates a training and consulting business with a primary focus on geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T). Patz is an ASME-certified, senior-level geometric dimensioning and tolerancing professional. He has served continuously as an active member of SME’s Florida Suncoast Chapter 159 executive committee, including six times as chapter chair. Patz has also served as student chapter liaison and supported efforts to maintain the chapter sponsorship program, with his business serving as a long-term sponsor of the chapter. Funding from this sponsorship program has been the enabling factor in Chapter 159’s initiatives to support science fairs in several local county public schools, as well as support for several STEM-related robotics programs for students. Member Since 1999

Jerry WaltersJerry R. Walters
Franklin, Tennessee

Jerry Walters served as an apprenticeship at Independent Machine Co. and graduated as journey machinist from Hower Trade School in 1960. Walters earned his SME certified manufacturing engineer (CMfgE) certification in 1991. He owned and operated Reynolds Machine Co. for 13 years, and helped design and manufacture the Framon Key Machine, a very innovative key machine to cut keys to numerical code. Walters developed and implemented several cost-saving processes for Peterson Tool Co. Since 2013, he has served as a reviewer of scholarship applications for the SME Education Foundation. Walters has also served as secretary, treasurer, vice-chair and is presently chair-elect for SME’s Nashville Chapter 43 where he has set up and ran several tours of local manufacturing plants. He is currently working with the Central Magnet School to establish it as an SME Education Foundation Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) school. In addition, he also serves on task force for National Disabilities Awareness Committee for the Boy Scouts of America. Member Since 1990